Speaker Bios

Dave Belt, Technology Evangelist, Irdeto

Dave Belt currently serves as a Technology Evangelist for Irdeto where he is securing new device ecosystems in support of the IoT revolution. Dave has been a specialist in cryptography and device identity technologies for the past 20 years. With a strong foundation in the Intelligence and Defense communities, he has spent the last decade securing devices for the media industry. Prior to Irdeto, Dave was heading up important industry security initiatives as Principal Architect at Time Warner Cable and Security Architect at CableLabs. He was also Engineering Manager at EchoStar leading set top box security and home networking technologies. Dave holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Wright State University.


Rob Black, Founder, Fractional CISO

Rob Black, CISSP, is the Founder and Managing Principal of Fractional CISO where he helps organizations make better cybersecurity decisions. Rob has extensive experience in cyber security, anti-fraud, Internet of Things (IoT), web services and cloud solutions. He has held product security and corporate security leadership positions at PTC ThingWorx, Axeda and RSA Security. Rob received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in Computer Science and System Science and Engineering. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Rob is the inventor of three security patents. He regularly speaks at conferences and blogs about IoT security.


Austin Blackstone, Developer Evangelist, ARM


Austin is the US Evangelist for the Arm Mbed ecosystem, creator of epic content, and general firmware ninja.  I enjoy pushing the bleeding edge of technology so I find the convergence of traditional embedded systems and computer science in IoT to be both fascinating, challenging and exhilarating. I have a passion for building simple API’s to complex solutions and enjoy the elegance when things ‘just work’ .


Kimberly Calhoun, Founder CAP Science Labs


Founder of CAP Science Labs, and the Sr. Producer of MoneyMasters and StartUp Masters TV show. Kimberly Calhoun is coining the new phrase “KISS” Certified, Keeping IT/IoT Safe and Secure or Kiss your assets good bye.  With her years in telecom/datacom as an engineer she knows what she is talking about.  Kimberly is an engineer, a serial entrepreneur, and a TV Host for MoneyMasters on BIZTV where she interviews some the world’s leading CEO’s, Money Experts and Authors in roundtable discussions and she is the creator of the next generation Shark Tank TV show “StartUpMasters” where the viewers can invest in the startups.  She has 30 plus years’ experience as a telecom engineer and in building profitable business organizations from startup ventures, acquisitions, turnarounds, and high-growth organizations.  She has started to develop her knowledge into speaking engagements.  In 1999 on a dare Kimberly started a telephone company which operated in over 5 states and interconnected in all states with all companies and in 2003 she successfully raised over $134 million dollars in one pitch. The highlight of her career was having the honor to be the key note speaker for North Carolina State University’s 2018 Spring Commencement exercises.

Kimberly began her career in 1984 as a Telecom Engineer where she was part of implementing new technology and establishing new standards which are currently used today, including broadband with the North Carolina Information Network Highway. She was not just a pioneer for new technology but also for women in Technology and in most jobs she was the first and only female hired. She worked in high tech sales managing 16 states in the South East where she developed zero dollar territories into million dollar territories and managed government contracts.  The founder of CAP Science Labs she is the inventor of “Guardianator” technology that utilizes Artificial Intelligence with IoT that provides predictive policing solutions to enforce protective orders and provide safer and more secure environments.  Today, She continues to maintain and refine her skills in research and sitting on the board of advisors for North Carolina State University and University of Southern Mississippi in their computer science and entrepreneur departments where she is able to focus on her other passion cyber security.  Kimberly has a powerful believe in Diversity and Inclusion and believes that the best way to secure our future is to invest in our education and youth.


Chris Calvert, Co- Founder & VP Product Strategy, Respond Software

Chris Calvert led the build for eight Fortune-50 SOCs and created the blueprint deployed by the ArcSight solutions team at over 45 security operations centers.  He has served as HP’s WW Director of Solutions Innovation, CEO of Laconic Security, Director of Services for Cybertrust, and Manager of Security Intelligence and Operations for IBM’s MSS.

Prior to the above roles, Chris spent 14 years in the National Defense and Intelligence community in Information Operations and supported agencies such as the DoD Joint Staff,  Land Information Warfare Activity, and Space Warfare Center. He served for 10 years in the U.S. Army in Military Intelligence and Special Forces.

Currently, Chris is Co-Founder and VP of Product Strategy at Respond Software, inventors of the exclusive Self-Driving SOCTM.


Deanna Caputo, Principal Behavioral Psychologist, Mitre

Dr. Deanna D. Caputo received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from Cornell University, with specialization in Judgment and Decision-making and Psychology and Law, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University. She is a Principal Behavioral Psychologist in the Washington D.C area for the MITRE Corporation for 11 years supporting the United States government, law enforcement and intelligence communities, and previously worked for the US Department of Defense as a senior human factors intelligence analyst. Dr. Caputo has over 20 years of experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing experimental research with human participants, using both quantitative and qualitative analyses. For the last 10 years, Dr. Caputo has led a MITRE capability area and team focused on operational research and consultation on human behavior and cybersecurity, particularly insider threat, usable security, cyber exercises, and cybersecurity teams. Dr. Caputo has multiple behavioral science articles published in peer-reviewed journals, authored a book chapter, and highlighted publications include “Barriers to Usable Security? Three Organizational Case Studies,” IEEE Security and Privacy, 2016; “Going Spear Phishing: Exploring Embedded Training and Awareness, IEEE Security and Privacy, 2014; “Leveraging Behavioral Science to Mitigate Cyber Security Risk, Computers and Security, 2012; and “Detecting the Theft of Trade Secrets by Insiders: A Summary of MITRE Insider Threat Research,” IEEE Security & Privacy, 2009. 


Sandy Carielli, Dir. Security Technologies, Entrust Datacard


Sandy Carielli has spent over a dozen years in the cyber security industry, with particular focus on identity, PKI, key management, cryptography and security management. As Director of Security Technologies for Entrust Datacard, Sandy guides the organization’s next generation security and technology strategy. Prior to Entrust Datacard, Sandy was Director of Product Management at RSA, where she was responsible for SecurID and data protection. She has also held positions at @stake and BBN. Sandy has been a speaker at RSA Conference, SOURCE Boston, the NYSE Cyber Risk Board Forum and BSides Boston. She has a Sc.B. in Mathematics from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Pablo Coste, Information Security Engineer, CynergisTek

Pable Coste has more than fifteen years of experience in technology, security, and compliance, including 10 years managing technical teams. Mr. Coste also has experience designing and deploying complex and secured worldwide networks.


Janine Darling, Founder & CEO, Stash Secure Data


An award-winning CXO and Technical Strategist, Janine has driven the launch, expansion, and profitability of many well known global brands including Sony, Samsung, Barnes & Noble, Everlast, Chanel, Mark, Nestle, and Starbucks.
She has been successful leading globally dispersed teams in the areas of Technology, Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Sourcing, Quality, Financial Analysis, Transportation, and Regulatory & Compliance, generating P&L wins for budgets of $1B+. Her expertise in devising innovative business strategy resulting in optimal outcome is well documented. Janine takes a customer  to business, exploiting the critical interdependency between operational prowess and brand deliverable, to forge long-term loyalty from internal and external partners alike.
Amongst her recognitions are:
2018 SCMedia Women in Security, Cybersecurity Influencer
2018 SCMedia Awards Shortlist best Cloud Security Solution
2017 AXA Global Invest Her Award
2016 Women of Innovation Honouree
2016 Tech Company to Watch
2015 Smart CEO Brava Award for Exceptional Leadership
2015 Advisory Panel for the George W. Bush Entrepreneur Initiative
2011 British Airways Business Leadership Award
Board Director, YWCA
Cambridge Directory of Who’s Who of Executives, Professionals, &
Janine's commitment to transparency and trustworthiness is a constant;
doing well by doing good is always her ultimate goal.


Deidre Diamond, CEO & Founder of CyberSN.com

Deidre Diamond is CEO & Founder of CyberSN, a cybersecurity research and staffing company, and the Founder of brainbabe.org, a cybersecurity not-for-profit organization. Deidre’s vision and leadership has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the frustration, time and cost associated with job searching and hiring for cybersecurity professionals. Prior to CyberSN, Deidre was the CEO of Percussion Software, the first VP of Sales at Rapid7 (NYSE:RPD) and the VP of Staffing and Recruiting for the national technical staffing company Motion Recruitment. Deidre leads with a strong commitment to transparency, equality, training, support, high-productivity and love in the workforce.


David Fragale, Co-Founder, Atonomi

David Fragale is Co-Founder of Atonomi, a decentralized trust and security protocol for the Internet of Things (IoT). Atonomi is a project of the IoT Security company CENTRI Technology based in Seattle, WA. The Atonomi protocol enables secure, multi-vendor interoperability for the billions of IoT devices through its device identity and reputation system. Atonomi recently completed a $25M token sale and launched its beta product in May of this year. For more on Atonomi visit here: https://atonomi.io/


David Fragale is a 2015 Sloan Fellow and has been involved in the blockchain space since 2014 beginning back at MIT. From 2015-2017, David led a number of blockchain projects for PwC including a patented funds governance platform for the international development and humanitarian aid sector as well as advised the U.S. Intelligence Community on counter threat finance and terrorist financing issues and national security threats pertaining to cryptocurrencies. In addition to founding Atonomi, David is Founder and CEO of Raven Rock Ventures which advises and invests in early stage blockchain companies across North America, Europe and Asia.


Brian Geisel CEO, Geisel Software

Brian Geisel is the CEO of Geisel Software, a leading Internet of Things development company that focuses on the IoT Confluence: Embedded, Web and Mobile Software. By working with some of the most innovative hardware, software and security companies, Brian has quietly influenced the design decisions in many of the devices hitting the market today.

A former radio host, Brian thrives on delivering relevant, powerful messages to audiences everywhere. With his diverse technical background and aptitude for speaking, he is known for his ability to simplify complex topics and present them in a way that is insightful, potent, and easily understood. He regularly speaks on a wide range of topics, from SaaS, to Software Hiring Practices to Security.

Brian is also a prolific blogger and has been featured in BBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Bloomberg Business, and other major outlets.


Dom Glavach - CSO and Chief Cyber Strategist, CyberSN


Mr. Glavach is currently the Chief Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist at Cyber Security Network (CyberSN), providing executive leadership, strategy, serves as a trusted cyber advisor and continues with security research and community outreach.

Prior to CyberSN, Mr. Glavach spent twenty years working with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) where he served as the Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Principal Security Engineer. He played a critical role in the company’s cyber risk management, provided cyber technical leadership and subject matter expertise to commercial and government clients.  Mr. Glavach is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), active member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Cyber Committee, chairing a subcommittee on Vehicle and Embedded Systems Cyber Security and mentor at cyber security meetups.


Mr. Glavach specializes in cyber attack methods and countermeasures, cyber forensics, incident response and has strong background and expertise in cyber risk management as well as.  He has presented on cloud forensics, cyber adversaries and advanced persistent threats to a wide range of public and government audiences including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA).  Mr. Glavach has extensive experience in cyber security disciplines such as advanced adversary tactics and mitigation, cloud and enterprise security design, network and application security assessments, network protocols and communication security, cyber-physical security architecture, malicious software analysis and reverse engineering.


Mac Graham Founder/CEO, Trust Central


TrustCentral is Mac’s 5th tech startup.  His last one was acquired by Intuit.  Mac thrives on identifying problems (that others also see) but without great solutions.  TrustCentral is an example of this approach.  Mac hired Dr. David Kravitz (the inventor of DSA, the Digital Signature Algorithm) to design its core technology.  Rather than limit Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to traditional approaches (e.g., authenticating from a central point to an endpoint) Dr. Kravitz had the idea to use PKI in a new and different way: “let’s use PKI so endpoints can authenticate each other”.  Thus came the innovation of Secure Communication Lines between devices and other endpoints (i.e., persistent, authenticated relationships with rules), which in turn lead to PKI-Enforced Whitelisting (where devices talk only to previously authenticated devices and no others) and then to Secure IoT Device Groups.  With TrustCentral, Mac is providing these patented innovations to enhance the authentication, security and management of IoT devices. 


Kevin Gillick, Executive Director, GlobalPlatform

Mr. Gillick is responsible for driving awareness and accelerating adoption of the GlobalPlatform Specifications within worldwide markets. He coordinates and manages the organization's strategic planning and oversees all marketing and business development initiatives within key vertical market sectors. He works closely with GlobalPlatform's Technical Director, all three of the organization's technical committees – Secure Element (SE), Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and Trusted Platform Services (TPS) - and the GlobalPlatform Task Forces. Mr. Gillick is directly responsible to the Board of Directors and the GlobalPlatform membership.


Prior to his appointment to a full-time role within GlobalPlatform, Mr. Gillick held various marketing and business development positions at a range of multi-national technology corporations.

Mr Gillick has served as GlobalPlatform’s full-time Executive Director since 2006


John Grimm, Sr. Dir. IoT Security Strategy, Thales eSecurity


John is the senior director of IoT security strategy at Thales eSecurity, an industry leader in advanced data security solutions.  His 25 years of experience in the information security field began as a systems/firmware engineer building secure cryptographic key distribution systems.  He has held leadership roles at companies in multiple areas of cybersecurity, including identity management, networking, PKI, cloud, encryption and key management. John received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.


Jamey Harvey, CTO, Bloxed.io


Jamey Harvey is the CTO of Bloxed.io, a startup making it dead simple to create trusted digital assets using the block chain.  He is also the CEO of Agilian.com a thriving innovation and technology consultancy helping organizations transform technology execution and innovation. Jamey is a veteran innovation architect and change agent with more than 25 years of technology innovation leadership experience in the startup, Fortune 100 and government ecosystems.  His startup experience includes online gaming, social networking, location based mobile services, and now Bloxed.it

Jamey has a lifelong commitment to leveraging technology innovation to create social justice.  He is a graduate of University of California Santa Cruz (‘95).


Arthur Hicken, Evangelist, Parasoft


Arthur Hicken has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for over 20 years. He has worked on various projects involving the software development lifecycle, software security, complex web applications, and integration with legacy systems. Arthur has helped IT departments at Cisco, Vanguard, Motorola, and other major companies improve their software development practices. Arthur taught at the College of DuPage in Illinois, as well as developed and conducted numerous technical training courses at Parasoft. As an expert in his field, Arthur’s insights regarding website quality issues have appeared in Business 2.0, Internet Week, and CNET news.com.


Steve Hoffenberg, Industry Analyst, VDC Research


Steve is a leading industry analyst for VDC Research, covering technology trends, market sizing, product strategy, and competitive analysis for the Internet of Things, including embedded systems, cybersecurity, wireless communications, cloud platforms, and data analytics. Previously, he worked in product management for electronic design companies that developed and licensed embedded digital imaging and audio products. Steve holds an MS degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA degree from the University of Vermont.

Marin Ivezic, PwC, +1 (416) 402-1510, @marinivezic

Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy, and Enterprise Resilience partner at PwC and is based out of the Toronto office. He started his career in law enforcement and moved to focus on cyber-kinetic attacks—cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, cyber-physical systems (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT), industrial control systems (ICS), robotics, connected and autonomous transportation, smart cities, smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0—that threaten people’s physical well-being, lives or the environment. Through his experience and expertise, he brings together cybersecurity, safety and resilience disciplines to help businesses and communities overcome these threats.


Damon Kachur, Vice President of IoT Solutions, Comodo CA.


Damon has been with Comodo CA since June 2017. Prior to his current role, Kachur worked for more than 15 years with Verisign/Symantec. He is a member of multiple security working groups for various industry standards groups and has been a speaker at a variety of conferences on PKI ecosystem security and threat intelligence. He also previously held positions at Gieseke & Devrient, a German mobile security company. Most recently Kachur presented on IoT security at Global City Tech Jam, World ATM Congress, and PTC LiveWorx. Within the past three years Kachur has also presented at NXP FTF, Secure Technology Alliance, Mobile World Congress / UKTI Forum, World ATM Congress, and NXP FTF.


Mansour Karimzadeh, CEO,  Secure Payment Academy


Mansour Karimzadeh applies 25 years of experience in the security IT and payment markets to his leadership role at SCIL. His background includes payment and transaction processing systems in the financial industry, an in-depth understanding of how to create new businesses and drive demand for emerging products and technologies. He has been instrumental in implementing many large card and payment processing projects worldwide specializing in payment security specifically smart cards and EMV security - including projects in the UK, Canada, USA, Latin America, Middle East and Australia. He served as a Board member of Global Platform and Chair of its Marketing Center. A member of the Steering Committee of EMV Migration Forum (now US Payments Forum) and is the chair of its Communications and Education working group. He previously managed a smart card consultancy and software company that was acquired by ACI Worldwide. At ACI he served as VP of Operations and Director of Smart Cards Unit.


Sampo Karvonen, IoT Solutions Technologist, ThoughtWorks


Sampo Karvonen has more than 20 years in working together with such industry giants as Nokia and John Deere, he has been developing connected devices and solutions well before the dawn of the IoT age. Sampo is passionate about creating platform and technology crossing device, application and service ecosystems in quality that organizations can rely on.


Brad Kemp, Governing Board Member, EdgeX Foundry 



Brad founded Beechwoods, an embedded software innovation company, in 2005. Driven by a focus on “Innovation, Collaboration, Results,” Beechwoods provides considerable expertise to its Fortune 100 and Fortune 1000 clients and is at forefront of Internet of Things software standards. Under Brad’s leadership, Beechwoods has received industry accolades as a founding member of the EdgeX Foundry, the author and working group chair of the Location  Services Framework for the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn Internet of Things implementation, and also as a finalist in the 2016 MassTLC Leadership Awards for "Best Use of Technology; Internet of Things for Location Services.” Prior to founding Beechwoods, Brad was the Director of Software at Seranoa Networks (acquired by White Rock). He has also served as the System Architect at Indus River (acquired in 2000 by Cabletron), where he led the architecture, design, and software development of the company’s VPN product line, which included the first compliant IPsec VPN Gateway in the world. He was previously a development manager at Primary Rate Inc. (acquired in 1996 by Xircom), where he developed software for a series of ISDN products, Software Team Leader at Locus Computing, and a developer of TCP/IP and OSI networking software at Interlan.


Albert Lew, Sr. Product Manager, Juniper Networks


Albert has spent the last 10 years focused on creating effective security solutions for mobile service providers. Prior to his current role, Mr. Lew was Lead Architect for Service Provider Security within Juniper’s Center of Excellence organization. His security and mobile leadership experience includes leading security product management at Acme Packet, where he introduced market share leading offerings for secure voice, security gateway, and Diameter Signaling Control. Before Acme Packet, Mr. Lew was a founding member at Legra Systems, an early market leader in WiFi switching.


Nancy Li, Product Manager, Smart Cities, Verizon


Nancy led a team of 30 engineers and designers to develop one of the first solutions in the country to use machine vision and an integrated IoT system to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries. She is currently leading a team of sales, marketing, and operational experts to roll out the product nationally. Prior to Verizon, she was the first employee of Shell Oil's Boston office working on control systems of oil rigs. She got a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Boston University at the age of 24 with 14 publications and 1 patent. She also received a Certificate in Systems Design and Management from MIT.


Dennis Maliani, Founder, Apothēka EMR

Dennis is Founder of the First EMR Cloud solution backed by Blockchain and AI and; Partner at Intervallo Consulting Group. He comes with ten plus years strong background in International Business and Technology; with specialities in Mergers & Acquisitions, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, AI, Big data and IoT.

Over the years he has worked to help clients from start ups to Fortune 1000 to attain value by leveraging latest technology trends on the global business playing field.

Dennis has his MBA-IT from University of La Verne and Cybersecurity credentials from Harvard university

Tony Martin - Security Architect, Intel 

Tony Martin is a security architect at Intel, the chair of the Software Security Architecture Review Board and a SME providing guidance to numerous teams. His current focus is on integrating security into various development methodologies, securing architectures from IoT to cloud, threat modeling and penetration testing. Previously, he was the security architect for Cisco's AnyConnect and was part of the team setting the corporation's secure development lifecycle policies and procedures. He has six patents in the fields of networking and security architecture and twenty CVEs. Tony volunteers many places including the Packet Hacking Village at DEF CON. He holds a Master of Computer Science with a concentration in Security from Boston University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Maine


Bill McBeath, Co-Founder, ChainLink Research

Bill is co-founder and Chief Research Officer at ChainLink Research, a leading analyst firm since 2002, focused on supply chain, Internet-of-Things, and blockchain. Mr. McBeath has conducted over 50 primary research projects, covering supply chain best practices, and use cases and business implications of technology across manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and logistics sectors. Mr. McBeath is a leading researcher and expert on inter-enterprise processes, business models, and inter-enterprise technology architectures. He has done research comparing and contrasting conventional networked SaaS systems with blockchain-based systems.


Matt Morris, Managing Dir, Ind. Cyber Security, Siemens Energy


Matt Morris is an Industrial IoT and cyber security entrepreneur, executive and author.  Matt is currently Managing Director & Regional Head for Siemens Industrial Cyber & Digital Security Group, where he leads all aspects of the business, from P&L ownership to business development, sales and delivery, and advising on strategic investments and acquisitions w/ siemens investment arm – next47.  Matt was previously Vice President, Strategy & Products for NexDefense, where he focused on disruption and innovation for Industrial IoT and cyber security, and defined future strategic development and investment initiatives. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and technology leadership spanning start-ups, multi-national and global organizations. Prior to NexDefense, Matt led Industrial IoT and Cyber Security solutions & services globally for 7 years at Cisco Systems.  There, he was the Founder and Chief Product Architect for the world’s first managed industrial cyber security service. Matt is a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of industrial cyber security, Industrial IoT and Digital transformation and he’s an accomplished author, having been published in USA Today, International Business Times, Information Age, Pharma Manufacturing, Express, Associated Press, IIoT World, and Metro UK.  Matt holds a MBA degree from the Emory Goizueta Business School and an Information Systems degree from Kennesaw State University.  A technology and energy innovator, he previously participated on the board for the Smart Energy Society within the largest technology association in the United States, and was an advisor for years prior.


Charlie Miller, SVP, Santa Fe Group


Charlie’s key responsibilities include expanding the Shared Assessments Third Party Risk Management membership driven program and facilitating thought leadership, industry vertical strategy groups, research studies, regulatory, partner and association relationships.  Research studies include: Ponemon Institute – 2017 and 2018 - Annual Study on the Internet of Things (IoT): A New Era of Third-Party Risk   He joined the Santa Fe Group, Shared Assessments in 2015 and has been in the third party risk space for over 13 years.  Charlie has vast industry experience, having led vendor risk management and financial services initiatives for several global companies. Charlie previously implemented third party risk management programs at AIG and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (BTMU). 


He held multiple leadership roles at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. overseeing the company’s global vendor management program, implementing major global initiatives including: financial systems standardization; privacy; acquisition/divestiture due diligence; information leakage and data protection. He was a consulting partner at Deloitte and lead a financial services practice unit focused on technology outsourcing, risk management and cost control.  He is a frequent speaker on third party risk and began his journey at IBM as a systems engineer.


Charlie is a distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute, Certified International Privacy Professional and Certified Third Party Risk Professional.

Mike Nelson, VP IoT Security, DigiCert


Mike Nelson is the VP of IoT Security at DigiCert, a leader in digital security.  In this role, Mike oversees the company’s strategic market development for the various critical infrastructure industries securing highly sensitive networks and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including healthcare, transportation, industrial operations, and smart grid and smart city implementations. Mike frequently consults with organizations, contributes to media reports, participates in industry standards bodies, and speaks at industry conferences about how technology can be used to improve cyber security for critical systems and the people who rely upon them. 

Mike has spent his career in healthcare IT including time at the US Department of Health and Human Services, GE Healthcare, and Leavitt Partners – a boutique healthcare consulting firm.  Mike’s passion for the industry stems from his personal experience as a type 1 diabetic and his use of connected technology in his treatment.


Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman & Founder of Ponemon Institute


Dr. Larry Ponemon is the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute and is considered a pioneer in privacy auditing and the Responsible Information Management or RIM framework.

Dr. Ponemon was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Online Access & Security for the United States Federal Trade Commission. He was appointed by the White House to the Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee for the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Ponemon was also an appointed to two California State task forces on privacy and data security laws. He is a member of Shared Assessments’ Advisory Board.


Alex Qi , Co-founder and CEO of Mercku


Alex Qi is Co-Founder and CEO of Mercku, a leading communications company focused on smart home products and applications. Mercku recently launched their second generation mesh Wi-Fi system, the most powerful in the world. Its first generation Wi-Fi technology powers over 5 million units for large telecoms and companies in Asia.

Formerly, Alex was a management consultant and worked on projects, spanning many industries.

He holds a BMath from the University of Waterloo, a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Ralph Ramsey, Head BD & Strategic Partnerships, Zingbox

Ralph is Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships where he evangelizes IoT security solutions within Healthcare, Critical Infrastructure and other industries globally. Ralph has over 26 years of industry practical experience within networking security and communications industry. As a functional practitioner he has held several lead principal engineering positions working on strategic security initiatives for the United States Defense Systems Information Agency (DISA), Mass Transit Authority of New York City (MTA) and other public agencies as well as in the private sector. Ralph received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and his Master of Science Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Paul Roberts, Ed. in Chief, The Security Ledger

Paul Roberts is the publisher and Editor in Chief of The Security Ledger (securityledger.com), an independent security news website that explores the intersection of cyber security with the Internet of Things. Paul is a seasoned reporter, editor and industry analyst with more than 15 years' experience covering the information technology security space. His writing about cyber security has appeared in publications including The Christian Science Monitor, MIT Technology Review, The Economist Intelligence Unit, CIO Magazine, ZDNet and Fortune Small Business. He has appeared on NPR’s Marketplace Tech Report, KPCC AirTalk, Fox News Tech Take, Al Jazeera and The Oprah Show.


Prior to launching Security Ledger, Paul worked as a Senior Analyst in The 451 Group’s Enterprise Security Practice. He has held positions as a senior writer and editor at noted industry publications including Threatpost,

Infoworld and eWeek and The IDG News Service. 


You can find Paul online on Twitter (@paulfroberts, @securityledger, @secthings) and on


languages including Delphi, C++, and JBuilder. He earned his BA in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College and his PhD in Computer Science from Duke University.


Jothy Rosenberg, CEO, Dover Microsystems

Jothy Rosenberg is CEO & Founder of Dover Microsystems. As a serial entrepreneur, Dover Microsystems is the 9th tech startup that Jothy has founded and/or run since 1988. Earlier in his career, Jothy ran Borland’s Languages division where he managed development of languages including Delphi, C++, and JBuilder. He earned his BA in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College and his PhD in Computer Science from Duke University.


Prof. Gideon Samid , PhD, PE, Founder, Bitmint


Prof. Gideon Samid , PhD, PE – A veteran engineer (NASA, Exxon, The Pentagon), specializing in randomness-based cyber technology as it relates to digital money,  cyber security and artificial intelligence.  Several patents granted, scores pending.  Teaching and affiliated with the Univ. of Maryland and Case Western Reserve University. Writes a cyber security columns in Digital Transactions Magazines, and authored several books including “The Unending CyberWar”,  “Tethered Money”, “The Dawn of Digital Currency” and “Computer Organized Cost Engineering”.


Russell Seamster, Global Prod. Mgr., G&D Mobile Security

Russell brings 15+ years of product management experience to his role as Global Product Manager of IoT for G+D  Mobile Security. In his current role, Russell leads product planning, product lifecycle and management of G+D’s IoT security products. Most recently, he has been responsible for driving growth and adoption in the application and industrial security markets. Throughout his career, Russell held a variety of roles in the telecommunications and consumer industries.  


DeWitt C. Seward IV, Principal Engineer,  Silicon Labs

DeWitt C. (D.C.) Seward has been an engineer for the last 25 years. In his current role as a principal engineer for Silicon Laboratories security team, he works to architect, develop, and test device level security solutions for the IoT industry.  He has several patents pending. 


Prior to this current role, DeWitt served a technical leadership role developing reference designs for the IoT industry, worked with top tier customers to provide custom solutions for their IoT needs including end device and firmware security, and was an active participant in the ZigBee alliance and IEEE 802.15.4 interoperability events.  Additionally, DeWitt led a team to write Ember’s first 802.15.4 compliant MAC layer, and he architected the company’s backchannel hardware and over the air upgrade solutions.


DeWitt holds a patent for time-synchronizing debugging devices over an Ethernet link, as well as a technology he invented that screens sealed bottles for liquid explosives from a previous company.


He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. Seward’s presentation experience includes industry events, such as Embedded Systems Conference, as well as university events. He helped organize the MIT Wireless Forum for two years, where he recruited speakers, acted as the event emcee and moderated panels


Satya Sharma, Engineering and Services, Cisco 


Satya has been working with Cisco for 17 years. Her expertise is in Security  Engineering, Network Management and Operational excellence, working and managing global teams and customers. 

Currently Satya is managing Cisco Security Solutions which includes Email, Web, IoT, CyberSecurity for Next Generation Firewall Products.

Satya is Passionate about STEM for kids and women.  She is the New England Chapter Lead for Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) in Cisco and is part of Cisco’s Women in Cyber Security and CyberSecurity programs for Kids. She is also an active member of Boston STEM program. 


She loves to spend time with her family , traveling and  cooking. 


Brian Smith, VP Sales & Business Development, Device Authority

Brian has a passion for bringing innovative security solutions to companies for their Internet of Things (IoT) and digital transformation needs and helping them successfully get to market.  As the VP of Sales and Business Development for Device Authority, Brian gets to fuel this passion by leading partnerships and sales of Device Authority’s IoT focused security solution.  Device Authority is on a mission to help companies achieve their IoT security requirements with device Identity and Access Management (IAM) and data encryption solutions.  Brian has over 20 years of experience in partnership/ownership, sales leadership, business development, and engineering roles at leading companies in the security SW, IoT, cloud, computing, and semiconductor markets. 


Steven Sprague, CEO, Rivetz


Steven is the CEO of Rivetz Corp. and one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms.

Steven is the co-founder of Rivetz Corp. a company focused on the use of trusted computing and Trusted Execution TEE to enhance the quality and security of the relationship with the user and their device. Rivetz provides app developers services and tools to enable simple integration of embedded cyber security capabilities of modern devices. Rivetz is playing an important role in providing the key technologies for the protection of private keys, encryption and secure instructions for blockchain, identity, messages, IoT and crypto currencies.

Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.


Andy Thurai, Sr Cloud Strategist, Oracle


Andy has over 25 years experience in technology in leadership and executive positions. He is currently Sr. Cloud Strategist with OCI (Oracle Cloud infrastructure) where he is responsible for strategizing, evangelizing, ideating and managing the emerging tech innovation programs for Oracle. He has vast experience in the areas of Cloud, API, Security IoT, AI, ML, and other emerging technology areas.

You can find him on Twitter @AndyThurai or on LinkedIn.


Andy is based in Boston and is a fan of the Redsox, Patriots as well as a glass of good wine and good food


Katie May Tucker, Producer, VNECK MEDIA

Katie May Tucker is best known for her extensive expertise in executing strategic plans, and has an enormous desire to connect with people, fierce passion in forward thinking marketing solutions, and an enthusiastic devotion to corporate innovation by cultural change.

In her 20+ years in marketing ground breaking technology she has grown international blockchain and risk management software by developing strategic relationships, shaping business plans and engaging in industry thought leadership.  Currently as a producer at VNECK MEDIA she is developing a blockchain web-series that introduces blockchain technology to the general-public.


Pim Tuyls, CEO, Intrinsic ID

 Before founding Intrinsic ID in 2008 Pim was at Philips Research, where he was Principal Scientist and managed the cryptography cluster. While there he initiated the work on Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs), which forms the basis of Intrinsic ID’s silicon fingerprinting technology. Tuyls has a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from Leuven University, holds more than 50 patents and is widely acknowledged for his work in the field of security for embedded applications.


Razvan Venter, Senior Certification Specialist, Secura B.V.


Razvan has more than four years’ experience in the field of security benchmarking and certification by working for internationally known security evaluation companies. The past experience includes evaluation and certification of payment systems, network elements, biometric devices and secure hardware storage modules against standards such as Common Criteria or PCI PTS POI. Currently, Razvan is working on managing security assessment and certification programs in domains in which security benchmarking initiatives are emerging. These include medical devices, industrial control systems, automotive or consumer IoT products. Razvan has experience with analyzing a broad range of international standards, as well as applying them in practice for the assessment of components, systems or organizational policies.

John Walsh, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Blackridge

John Walsh is Chief Strategy and Technology Officer of BlackRidge Technology where he leads government business development and supports the Cyber Physical Systems business. Mr. Walsh was formerly the VP Secure Technology Group at Analog Devices, President of Sypris, and former Honeywell Military Encryption Systems. He has a background in high assurance systems security, cryptographic key management, systems penetration testing, and the development of trusted architectures using identity as a core element. Mr. Walsh holds 11 identity architecture related patents with additional patents pending.


Ruwan Welaratna, CEO, Evomonitors


Co-founder and CEO of Evo Inc. Ruwan’s background is in DSP and sensor fusion. His interest in embedded systems and distributed system design led to cofounding Evo and joining the nascent world of consumer IoT. Evo’s mission is to help families stay connected.


Mark W. Westlake, Founder and CEO, GearBrain

Mark Westlake is the Founder and CEO of GearBrain, one of the leading content sites focused on simplifying the Internet of Things for consumers. In the past 20 years, Mark has been part of the executive teams that built well-known content businesses which returned over $660 million in value to its shareholders.


Prior to starting GearBrain, Westlake was Twelvefold's Chief Revenue Officer.  Twelvefold (now called Spectrum) is a cookie-less audience targeting platform that helped brands connect with consumers at their passion points. It is a next-generation audience targeting technology that scales without using cookies or triggering any privacy issues, which is why top agencies and major brands such as Kraft, Toyota, Best Buy, Microsoft, and Starbucks use the platform to reach unique audiences. Westlake was responsible for global sales, brand strategy and account management.

Before Twelvefold, Mark was part of the executive management team at several successful digital content companies. At TechMediaNetwork (now called Purch), Westlake was part of the Office of the President and instrumental in helping the company grow from a small little review site into the largest independent online publisher of science and technology content in the world. Before TMN, he was at Howstuffworks.com, the award winning website that was sold to Discovery Communication for $250 million in December 2007. At HSW, he was Executive Vice President of Sales and Content and responsible for overseeing global revenue and content for the company through a staff dedicated to forging and maintaining relations with the company´s growing roster of partners and advertisers.

Previous to joining Howstuffworks, Mark served as SVP, Sales & Marketing at About, Inc., a division of The New York Times Company. Over 4+ years, he was responsible for the sales, marketing, business development, research and ad operations for About.com. He was also a part of the management team that sold the company to The New York Times in early 2005 for over $400 million.

Married for 30 years and living on Long Island with his wife and their 5 children, he has been very active as coach and league officer for Little League baseball, local soccer and basketball leagues. He also is a founding member of 212 (a NYC interactive ad association) and UpStream Seller Forum. He previously served on the advisory boards for USA Triathlon. Westlake also plays in a band (The Modulators) which was once the hottest band in NYC, but back in the 1980s. Now they just play for fun! Hobbies include golf, tennis, coaching my kids and music. LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/mwestlake/ .


Chris Winn, CyberSecurity Specialist, IBM Security


Passionate Information Technology Executive with a strong track record of delivering business value, driving increased levels of productivity, profits and internal/external customer satisfaction.   Served on some of the most respected IT teams in the world doing solutions architecture, R&D, and management before moving into executive & advisory positions on various companies board of directors.


Strong track record of delivering forward thinking strategic plans and tactical solutions. History of transforming underperforming IT organizations.  Strong background delivering projects at the forefront of the tech industry creating anything from mobile applications, to complex AI driven applications, creating security research platforms, even through to consolidating data from NASA’s satellites.


Some highlights of my technical background:
- Chief Enterprise Architect of NASA's Earth Observatory division for 8 years.  That's 1 of NASA's 4 main divisions.
- Worked on Human Genome Project at NIH
- Worked with AI & machine learning at Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute & NIH
- Longtime contributor to many open-source security research tools. One of the most recognizable is the Metasploit project.